There are several free tools that can help you as a writer or publisher to proofread your content instead of paying a huge amount of money to someone else to do it. Proofreading is very important whether it’s web publishing, social media, book writing, blogging, content marketing, etc. simply because you are not the only one reading but for the whole world at large.
Some of us never knew we would be writing for the whole world to see today. We would have paid more attention to our English tutors whilst in school.
It is by chance great people have come up with tools to help improve our grammar which even goes beyond checking of spellings.
Though there are many tools out there. I will introduce you to the most popular and best ones which work perfectly in WordPress. These include Grammarly, Jetpack Proofreading.
Grammarly is a simple but powerful and one of the most popular proofreaders that work perfectly on your browser and detects grammatical errors in your writing. one of the most popular editors. Grammarly can be installed on your browser and some of the Apps you mostly use including Chrome, Firefox, Google forms, and Microsoft Office. It also works on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and the others when perfectly installed on a browser.
Grammarly uses a red line to underline wrong spelling, repetitions, weak adjectives and many more. All you have to do is to hover your cursor on the underlined word to see the explanation and select the best option suggested if only you are ready to make a change.
You can sign up for a Free Grammarly account but there is a premium version available as well which can be upgraded at your preferred time for more features.
Jetpack is a WordPress plugin by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. Jetpack protects your website from comment spam, provide social sharing options and also serve as a proofreader for your WordPress website or blog. It is present in every WordPress installation done. All that needs to be done you activating it.
In order to activate this powerful proofreading tool, visit Jetpack in your WordPress admin dashboard and click on setting. Make sure you turn on “Check your spelling, style, and grammar” radio button.
Unlike Grammarly, Jetpack only performs checks when you publish or update a post. It does not run checks while you’re composing content. This can be frustrating because it won’t flag your errors until you have finished and hit ‘publish’.
It also works better if you are using the visual editor rather than the text editor. It works similarly to Grammarly by underlining your errors.
There are a handful of other editors out there but Grammarly and Jetpack are ideal for proofreading your WordPress posts. You might find it helpful to use both the free Grammarly version and Jetpack. Use Grammarly to check your content as you go, and then use Jetpack to catch other types of errors and for additional writing suggestions.
Double-Check the Proofreaders
Online proofreading tools are a big help. But remember they are not perfect. Don’t just accept all of their suggestions; make sure the proofreading tools understood the context of what you wrote.
Your style guidelines might also differ from those in the tools. Grammarly calls out missing Oxford commas but many authors don’t include the final comma in a series.